John Steno

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The trademark of singer/songwriter John Stano’s sound is a distinctive blend of acoustic and slide guitar, harmonica and expressive vocals developed over many years of performance and study. He sometimes adds a little mandolin, cigar box guitar or banjo to the mix as well. His style can be described as a combination of folk, blues and Americana. Initially self-­‐taught, John went on to study American fingerstyle guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and harmonica with national blues legend, Jim Liban. ‘Sing Out’ compared John’s music to early Bob Dylan while ‘Dirty Linen’ was reminded of Country Joe McDonald. John studied English and creative writing at U.W. Madison. A skillful use of language adds an original spark to his lyrics. John also performs his own arrangements of folk and country blues classics by artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt and Bukka White and contemporary writers such as; John Prine, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Tom Waits. John is a flexible and engaging performer who works regularly at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. John has received numerous arts grants to present blues history, harmonica, ukulele and song writing classes in the Milwaukee Public Schools and public and private colleges such as Waukesha County Technical College and Mount Mary University. He also teaches guitar, harmonica, banjo and other acoustic instruments privately.